By Andrew Gans
07 Mar 2014
Based on the best-selling novel of the same name by 2005 MacArthur Fellow Jonathan Lethem, the musical is conceived and directed by Daniel Aukin with a book by Itamar Moses and music and lyrics by Michael Friedman. Camille A. Brown choreographs.
Fortress, according to press notes, is described as a "heartbreakingly beautiful tale of the childhood friendship between Dylan Ebdus and Mingus Rude, set against the backdrop of the musical landscape of the end of the twentieth century. It is a story of 1970s Brooklyn and beyond – of black and white, soul and rap, block parties and blackouts, friendship and betrayal, comic books and 45s."
The cast features Adam Chanler-Berat as Dylan Ebdus; Kyle Beltran as Mingus Rude; Tony nominee Andre De Shields as Barrett Rude Senior, Mingus’ grandfather; Kevin Mambo as Barrett Rude, Jr.; Alex Organ as Dylan’s father Abraham; Patty Breckenridge as Dylan’s mom and Mrs. Lomb; Etai BenShlomo as Arthur; Nick Christopher as the neighborhood bully Robert; Jeremy Dumont as Gabe; Carla Duren as Lala and Abby; Alison Hodgson as Liza; Jahi Kearse as Henry and Raf; Traci Lee as Marilla; Britton Smith; Akron Watson; and Juson Williams.
Ticket prices start at $15 and are available online at DallasTheaterCenter.org or by phone at (214) 880-0202.